European Foundational Assembly : who is willing to join a citizens’ initiative?

Posted on 14 July 2016 | Global challenges, peace-buildingHuman rights, citizenship & democracy

The EU integration and expansion process has failed to give rise to a community of destiny. There is a need for citizens to lead the way in reinventing Europe by embarking upon a deliberative process, first at local level, then at European level.

‘The Beginning of Life’

Posted on 6 July 2016 | Children & youth

The Beginning of Life documents the lives of young children and their families across the world to help shine a light on the significance of the early years, and how a child’s environment during this formative stage can shape their cognitive, emotional and social development. The film features interviews with early childhood development experts from around the world and families of highly diverse cultural, ethnic and social backgrounds, including supermodel Gisele Bündchen, and Phula, a girl who cares for her siblings by herself in India.

Guess who’s coming to dinner? A cultural integration project

Posted on 28 June 2016 | Diversity, migration & social inclusionHuman rights, citizenship & democracy

It is not a project of gastronomy: “Guess who’s coming to dinner?” is a project for creating relationships. The project was launched during the 2011 edition of the International Festival of Folk Oral Culture, with a communal dinner involving over 100 people united around one table in Piazza Carlo Alberto in the heart of Turin, the dinner itself prepared by the migrant families who participate in the project.

Football Fitness gets more people moving

Posted on 21 June 2016 | EmploymentGenderHealth

Football’s health-related potential has nothing to do with the player’s gender, age, physical fitness or level of skill. Football can be used as an ordinary workout and to prevent lifestyle diseases and can even be included in the treatment of illnesses. Among Danish municipalities, this has raised awareness of Football Fitness as an alternative for a wide variety of users, such as diabetics or the unemployed.

Community Philanthropy: it’s a thing, and you need to know about it

Posted on 14 June 2016 | Foundations' operationsGlobal challenges, peace-buildingSocio-economic development, poverty

It’s almost always the same argument. Or excuse. Governments joining the accelerating global trend of restricting civil society at home like to claim that they are protecting their country against meddling “foreign powers”. No one has to like, or agree, with that point of view in order to take it seriously, and perhaps even to see the onslaught as an opportunity. As the saying goes, a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.

Protecting whistleblowers and whistleblowing, a challenge for democracy

Posted on 6 June 2016 | Human rights, citizenship & democracy

The Panama papers affair, just like with the previous Lux leaks or Snowden revelations, once again confirm the importance of the role of whistleblowers in defending public interest. Whistleblowers are at the centre of events as never before, holding governments and corporations to account for illegal activity, corruption, abuse in care and environmental damage, and often risking their careers and lives.




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